NLE of Choice

Discussion in 'Video Post-Production' started by D7k1, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2013
    So at NAB Sony made Catalyst a subscription only bit of software, and some folks were told that 13 would the last Vegas. I use Sony Movie Studio Suite which is very powerful but has not had a real upgrade in 2 year, making me wonder if the Vegas/Studio combination are both end of life products (EOL). It's hard to image an organization as video focused as Sony not having a current consumer NLE. As I see it if Movie studio and Vegas are not continuing (I was just going to order Vegas Edit before I saw the post about Vegas being EOL) hen its time to move on. Also the Catalyst forums are very much like the Adobe forums when they switched to subscription for their products. And of course the QT issue has raised additional issues in the NLE world. All of my videos are short projects or stock 30 second clips.

    So if Studio and Vegas is EOL, it seems my choices are ($300 or less):

    1. Resolve (free version)
    2. Premier Elements
    3. PowerDirector Suite

    Anything I've missed?

    Anyone have used both Elements and PowerDirector (seems a lot more powerful and you get a sound editor and color grading system). If so what is your choice. Still like to hear from those who only used one of the two. Resolve needs a slightly better video card (I only have 1 gig of memory on mine) but I will evaluate - I would just not like to spend $1K on the software if I need something in the full version.

    Last edited: Apr 29, 2016
  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Premiere Elements is fine so long as you don't need to sync multiple camera angles and sync audio. It can be done, but takes a lot more work. If multi-angle/audio sync is a need, then you might be better off subscribing to Premiere CC.
  3. DaveEP

    DaveEP Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 20, 2014
  4. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2013
    thanks, I've use Plural eyes.

    The free version doesn't do 4K (big deal for me), so its a bit past my budget for to purchase, to subscribe I might as well go with Adobe.
  5. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
  6. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Can someone explain what the acronym, "NLE" means? I don't get out much!
  7. masayoshi

    masayoshi Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 5, 2016
    Salt Lake City
    Vegas and Movie studio will be sold under the name of Vegas creative software (VCS), but VCS is a subsidiary of Magix. Magix is a well known company in music industry, selling sound editor (DAW) called Samplitude and Sequoia, both of which are highly regarded among 'high end' audio professionals. Magix's strategy seems to be competing Avid by acquiring NLE (Vegas and Vegas Pro) to complete there creative software package.
    Currently Avid owns Pro Tools (major DAW for pros) and Media Composer (NLE for pros and media), but they are not doing well. I can't guarantee Magix will win the competition, but I do not believe Vegas is EOL in the next few years at least. But if you don't like uncertain future of VCS and are willing to switch the NLE now, Premier is probably a safer bet. You mentioned sound editor function, but do not expect too much, particularly if you want to use DAW plug ins based on VST format. Besides CC subscription will include Adobe Audition, which is a nice DAW.

    p.s. basic sound editing (enhance high/low, some noise reduction, compression, gating, etc) is possible in Premier as well.
  8. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2013
    Stayed with Vegas (14) as it now looks like Magix is fully behind product.
  9. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2013
    As a novice, I found Filmora easy to use and happy with it. I tried Resolve, it requires too much PC horsepower and over complicated for basic use. I wanted to like it.
  10. DaveEP

    DaveEP Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 20, 2014
    I keep coming back to FCPX. I bought it several years ago and they just keep upgrading it and never charging for the upgrades. Hard to complain.

    I also like Premiere Pro, but I'm stuck on CS6 because I can't justify the Adobe tax of £49 every month, even when I'm not using it. If they had a perpetual license upgrade they'd have had my money.